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Algorithms Pedigree Profile - An Exciting New Discovery

An Algorithm is described as a breakthrough, discovery, and conclusion.  The latest Triple Crown trail  discovery, Algorithms lived up to his name on Sunday, January 29, 2012 with a decisive conquest in the Holy Bull Stakes (G-3).  Breaking alertly from post six, the Todd Pletcher trainee was briefly in the lead before giving way to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Champ Hansen.  Algorithms settled comfortably into third place on the outside of Silver Max, while Hansen set brisk fractions of :23.64 and :45.67 over a sloppy sealed track.  Algorithms traveled three wide on the turn and easily passed a tired, struggling Hansen in mid-stretch, galloping to an easy five length victory. Algorithms completed the one mile race in 1:36.17. The bay colt is undefeated in three starts and is the latest addition to the Derby lists.  Let’s check the data to determine if this particular Algorithms fits the profile for a Classic winner.
 
ALGORITHMS (Bernardini - Ava Knowsthecode, by Cryptoclearance) was sired by this year’s leading third crop stallion Bernardini.  On the racetrack, Bernardini didn’t start his career until January of his three year old season.  After winning his maiden in his second start, Bernardini jumped immediately into graded stakes competition with an easy win in the Withers Stakes (G-3).  The dark bay tested deeper waters in his next start.  In a match-up against Kentucky Derby hero Barbaro, Bernardini demolished a full field of top three year olds by 5 ¼ lengths in the Preakness Stakes. Unfortunately, his runaway victory was marred by Barbaro’s tragic breakdown. Bernardini skipped the Belmont Stakes, but recorded wins in the Jim Dandy (G-2) and Travers Stakes (G-1).  After another overpowering success in the Travers, Bernardini faced older horses in Jockey Club Gold Cup (G-1). The small field of three was no match for the young superstar and they suffered a crushing 6 ¾ length defeat.  The highly anticipated 2006 Breeders’ Cup Classic was was to be Bernardini's coronation.  However, the three year old colt suffered the second loss of his career, beaten only a length by the five year old, Urugauyan champion Invasor.  Despite his loss, Bernardini earned 2006 Champion 3-Year-Old honors for his previous exploits.
 
Retired to stud after racing only one year, Bernardini is off to a brilliant start at stud. In his first crop, Bernardini sired Travers hero and Belmont Stakes runner-up Stay Thirsty, To Honor And Serve, the winner of the Florida and Pennsylvania Derbies and Santa Anita Oaks heroine A Z Warrior.  The propitious young Bernardini is poised to become a successor to his now retired sire A.P. Indy in getting stamina oriented offspring.
 
The well-bred Algorithms is descended from a female family filled with stakes winners.  His sturdy dam Ava Knowsthecode faced the starter 29 times in four years. She compiled a 3-5-3 race record and earnings of $156,596. The daughter of Cryptoclearance was a dependable allowance class mare who placed third in the Senorita Stakes (G-3) at Hollywood Park.  Although she placed second in her first race sprinting over dirt, Ava Knowsthecode spent her career on the lawn and was successful up to 1 1/16 miles.
 
The 18 year old mare has proven herself as a strong broodmare.  Besides her youngest racing son Algorithms, Ava Knowsthecode bore his older half-brother, Grade 2 winner Keyed Entry, who set a new track record in the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park, getting 7 1/2 furlongs in  1:27.12. She also produced the Grade 2 winning miler Justin Philip as well as the listed winners Successful Mission and Alex’s Allure.  Overall, Ava Knowsthecode has propagated five stakes winners from six foals to race.  Algorithms second dam Ava Romance was a stakes winner and his third and fourth dams also owned blacktype. 
 
Cryptoclearance, the damsire of Algorithms, competed at the highest level of racing for four years. The Florida Derby champ finished fourth in the 1987 Kentucky Derby, but followed up with second and third place finishes, respectively, in the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Cryptoclearance improved with racing and maturity. Racing against legendary heroes Alysheba, Easy Goer and Crème Fraiche, Cryptoclearance was often second, but at the age of five, he won two Grade 1 events, the 1 1/8 mile Donn Handicap and 1 ¼ mile Widener Handicap. 
 
As a broodmare sire, the long-winded router is represented by 36 stakes winners. While the majority are best up to 1 1/8 miles, four are stakes winners at 1 ¼ miles and three have been successful at 1 ½ miles. One of his daughter’s foals, the Brazilian-bred Quadriball, has similar breeding to Algorithms, as both are by sons of A.P. Indy. Quadriball is a Group 3 winner at 1 ¼ miles.
 
Tossing even more stamina into Algorithms pedigree is his second damsire, the 1975 Belmont Stakes Champ Avatar, who was twice successful at 1 ½ miles.
 
Physically, Algorithms is a well conformed colt, with a muscular neck and chest tying into a fairly deep and slanted shoulder. He’s built like a two-turn horse with a powerful, but not overly muscular hind-end.  His cannons appear a bit longer than average; however, this doesn’t detract from his total appearance. His leg extension is average, but he runs straight, with no excess movement. He’s shown the ability to relax off the pace and quicken in the lane. 
 
With stamina throughout his pedigree and a mature, relaxed running style, Algorithms fits the profile of a Classic winner.  An added bonus is his now proven ability over an off track, as two of the last three Kentucky Derbies were contested over a sloppy track. Keep this encouraging young colt on your Derby list.
 
-By HRN Pedigree Expert, Laurie Ross 
 

 

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Refreshing your memory : THAT inflammatio was what ended Mo's career not overtraining of poor training
cholangiohepatitis - an inflammation of the bile passages has nothing to do with a trainer. Dislike D. Wayne but Landaluce was not his fault
He is now gone, I do not think he will ever race again.......he is the Third victim of the "Butcher"(Todd Pletcher) Eskandreya, Uncle Mo, and now Algorithims. When will these Millionaires learn?If you have a nice colt, don't send him to "Butcher".
Algorithims, has great pedigree, and will get better at the longer distance. If he runs like his daddy, we will some great racing down the road.
Looks good, I'll keep an eye on him.
Nice work Iron Maidens. Algorithms is a horse who caught my eye breaking his maiden at Belmont. I like the way he moves. There's no wasted energy. He loves the slop and the Bernardini's seem to keep getting better. The way this horse disposed of Hansen was rather impressive. I expected him to beat Hansen but not by five under wraps. Still, it's only January, and as I often say, "they might look good now, but are they gonna look good later."We'll see. Once again thanks for the breakdown. Peace.
New Discovery lol, I discovered him last April while he was working out at Belmont. I've been talking about hime ever since. I even have him in prop bets for the Derby @ 100-1 and 75-1. I hit those tickets hard ;)~ . Hit my name and comment section!
Thanks everyone for the compliments.
MikeRullo - Algorithms stakes half siblings are all by miler type stallions. Keyed Entry (Honour and Glory) Justin Phillip (First Samurai), Successful Mission (Successful Appeal). The only stakes winner by a route sire (Alexs Allure, by Sky Classic) never raced beyond 1 1/16 mies.
I saw this one break his maiden a little while ago and kind of forgot about him in all the excitement over the likes of Union Rags, Creative Cause, and Hansen. He's a really good looking colt with a nice running style. I look forward to seeing what he'll do against the other top class three-year-olds in Florida.
Before I jump on the Algorithms band wagon I need to see a few more races, he's a young pup and only has 3 under his harness.
laurie, the dam has only thrown sprinters/milers, it's a concern for me. did you overlook this???
No matter what atleast one Triple Crown race must be run in bad conditions it seems. Beautiful article, I look forward to seeing how this colt does at even longer distances.
Great job Laurie. Nice dam, i like Keyed Entry. Algorithms can go far, in career and distance :))
Quality article on a quality colt...keep up the great work.
I have followed this colt since his second start, which is not much considering, but so far I have really liked what I have seen. I think he is going to be a tough contender as the distances continue to get longer.

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